How to Travel from Xining to Zhangye? By Train or By Bus
Xining is the capital city of Qinghai Province and an important gateway city to Tibet Plateau. Whether you go to Tibet from Xining, or finish Tibet discovery journey passing through Xining, you can have a Xining layover tour, enjoy beautiful natural scenery, especially the picturesque water scape of Lake Kokonor, and experience unique ethnic customs and culture different from that of Tibet area. With short distance and convenient transportation, it’s also a good idea to travel to Zhangye from Xining, witness amazing “rainbow mountains” and older Buddhist culture on ancient “Silk Road”.
Where is Zhangye? How far is Zhangye from Xining?
Serving as the politic and transportation center of Qinghai Province, Xining (西宁) is located in the east the Qinghai Province, upstream of Yellow River. It is also a must pass of Tang-Tibet Ancient Road and south path of ancient “Silk Road”. Zhangye (张掖) is situated in the northwest of Gansu Province and middle of the Hexi Corridor. Meanwhile, Qinghai borders Gansu in the north and east. Xining and Zhangye, then, are separated by Haibei Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province.
Currently, travelers can take (bullet) train and bus to get to Zhangye from Xining. And there is no direct flight flying from Xining to Zhangye available.
The private driving distance between Xining to Zhangye is: about 340 km/ 6 hours.
Xining to Zhangye Transportation Map
Option 1: Get from Xining to Zhangye By Bullet Train - Most Recommended
Taking a fast bullet train to get to Zhangye from Xining is the first and best choice for all tourists. Every day, there are over 10 bullet trains (D trains) departing from Xining Railway Station (西宁火车站) in Xining and arriving at Zhangye West Railway Station in Zhangye. The train journey is within 2 hours, most are direct trains and few have stopover at 1 to 2 stations midway.
The Xining to Zhangye bullet trains are arranged leaving from about 09:00 to 19:30. Two types of seats you can choose: First Class Seat and Second Class Seat. Ticket costs nearly 100 RMB (for Second Class Seat) to 150 RMB (First Class Seat).
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Option 2: Get from Xining to Zhangye By Bus
From & To:Xining Long-Distance Bus Station (西宁长途汽车站) → Zhangye Bus Station (张掖汽车站)
Distance: about 343 km/213 mi
Estimated Driving Time: about 6~7 hours
The shortest bus ride to Zhangye from Xining completely drives on the well-paved China National Highway 227, crossing Qilian Mountain, Datong, Menyuan in Qinghai and Minle County in Gansu Province. It takes more than half a day, about 3 to 3.5 times longer than a bullet train. The bus will go uphill and downhill constantly, even pass some dangerous narrow roads and zigzagged mountain paths. However, the scenery en route is surprisingly beautiful, especially when looking hundreds mile of sea of golden rape flowers in Menyuan (门源).
Our Advice: Considering the budget and itinerary, we highly recommend you take a bullet train from Xining to Zhangye.
How to Plan A Xining Zhangye Tour
Though lying in close location in Northwestern China, Xining and Zhangye present two different kinds of charm to visitors. It’s definitely worth to visit more special and famous destinations to make your once-in-a-lifetime “ Silk Road” journey more significant, memorable, meaningful and unique.
Xining is a plateau ancient city with more than 2,100 years’ history, a vital communication hub between Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to central areas and the starting of Qinghai Tibet Railway. It more used as a transit point, short transit for 1 to 2 days. In Xining, you can visit Taer Temple (Kumbum Monastery) - one of the six Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism enjoying high reputation in China, and most people take side trip to Qinghai Lake (Lake Kokonor) - the largest inland lake of China and Chaka Salt Lake - the well-known“Mirror of the Sky”.
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Zhangye is most famous for the colorful Danxia Landform Geopark, where you can see rainbow-like mountains spread endless. Besides seeing the natural wonder, you can spend 1 day more to see the Buddhist culture in Zhangye, pay a visit to Mati Temple to see the mysterious grottoes and to Giant Buddha Temple where preserves the largest Reclining Buddha in Asia. If you get more time, we suggest you trace the ancient “Silk Road” to observe more highlights, such as the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, the westernmost Great Wall in Jiayuguan and further trip to Urumqi in Xinjiang.
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